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Aug 16, 2013 7:00am PDT
quote are more serious. >>> the federal surveillance corp. that has jurisdiction over the nsa ordered it to destroy after five years all the call data records that it gathers on innocent americans. it did not do that. there were several thousand files. >> reporter: the agency said in a state to nbc news, when nsa makes a mistake in carrying out
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Aug 11, 2013 8:00am PDT
quote we never really imagined that all this data would be warehoused under the nsa. and i think that's what's giving the american people a lot of pause right now. and i think that's what needs to be explained to the american people. and congress will be reviewing this issue in section 215 of the patriot act to see if this is expanded beyond the original intent of the law. >> what actually changes, bart? do you think there's much room
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Aug 16, 2013 7:00am PDT
quote changes were made. the nsa says it has 300 employees whose job is to work on preventing the breaches and beef up compliance.
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Jul 31, 2013 5:30pm PDT
the nsa can read content of e-mail and online chats without court approval. the intelligence community is firing back saying the program known as x keystone is only use ed against foreign terror suspects and the nsa is doing its own disclosures. today, a brief new look inside the secrets of the nsa. the director of national intelligence released several documents to show fisa court oversight of the spy program that sweeps up americans' phone record data. and the government acknowledged using a wider net than previously known in what is called hop analysis. the nsa tracks a call made by a terror suspect, but can then track all the records linked to anyone the first suspect calls. and on to anyone each of those callers contact, and so on. senator dick durbin was clearly uneasy. >> when you look at the reach of this program, and it envelops a substantial number of americans. >> reporter: frustration today between senators and the intelligence community, starting with how nsa leaker edward snowden was ever granted access to the country's most guarded spy programs. senator patrick
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Aug 1, 2013 4:00am PDT
. this after a new bombshell from the nsa. nbc news capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell has all the details. >> reporter: it's a brief new look inside the secrets of the nsa. the director of national intelligence released several documents to show fisa court oversight of the spy program that sweeps up americans' phone records data. the government has acknowledged using a wider net than previously known. in what's known as hop analysis, the nsa tracks a call made by a terror suspect, but can then track all the records linked to anyone the first suspect calls and then to each of those contacted. senator dick durbin was clearly uneasy. >> when you look at the reach of this program, it envelops a substantial number of americans. >> reporter: frustration between senators and the intelligence community, starting with how nsa leaker edward snowden was ever granted access to the country's most guarded spy programs. senator patrick leahy dismayed that no heads have rolled at the nsa. >> if a 29-year-old school dropout can come in and take out massive, massive amounts of data, it's ob
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Aug 16, 2013 4:00am PDT
" reports the nsa has broken those rules or overstepped legal authority since 2008. a may 2012 audit obtained by the post counted more than 2,700 sdenlts in the pryor 12 months alone, most of them involved the unauthorized surveillance of americans or former intelligence targets in the united states. they range from significant violations of law to typos resulted in the unintended interception of communication. in a statement the nsa said in part, quote, when the nsa makes a mistake in carrying out its foreign intelligence mission, the agency reports the issue internally and to federal otherseers and aggressively gets to the bottom of it. the post says edward snowden provided them the documents earlier this summer. in a statement, meanwhile, he said the media is being, quote, misled about his situation. snowden says his father and his father's wife's attorney do not represent him in any way. >> turning now to egypt, marches are planned for today. right now, more than 600 protesters are confirmed dead in those clashes with security forces and president obama has issued a stern rebuke
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Aug 1, 2013 4:30am PDT
tell you what you need to watch out for coming um. >>> how the fight of the nsa secret leaker edward snowden is affecting your dinner table. >>> welcome back everyone. taking a live look outside this time from the south bay. silhouettes out there, palm trees. >> little shadows dancing. >> a lot of shadow dancing on thursday night, thursday morning. >>> starting the day girls of any age will be able to buy the morning after pill on store shelves. most grocery stores and pharmacies were moving it from behind the pharmacy counter to the family planning aisles. the government battled to keep an age restriction on the emergency contraceptive, but dropped its fight in june after losing a series of court battles. this morning the morning after pill is designed to prevent pregnancy up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. >>> a little warning here. a kansas city company recalling more than 50,000 pounds of ground beef nationwide because it could be contaminated with e. coli. the national beef packing company issuing the voluntary recall after a sample of its product tested positive for that pro
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Aug 11, 2013 5:00pm PDT
nsa leak case. he said he's obtained the papers necessary to visit snowden in russia and says that's where the former analyst will remain for the foreseeable future. bryan mooar has the story. >> reporter: the father of edward snowden says the nsa leaker isn't headed back to the united states because he won't get a fair trial. >> as a father, i want my son to come home, if i believe that the justice so many that we should be afforded of as americans is going to be applied correctly. >> reporter: until then lon snowden says he'll visit his son in russia, snowden's temporary asylum there has chilled u.s./russian relations and the political furor here at homes shows no signs of cooling off. before leaving for his vacation on martha ans's vineyard, president obama said he'd already been moving the nsa toward more transparency and accountability. >> i don't think mr. snowden was a patriot. >> he betrayed his oath of office. there's a young generation that believe he's some kind of jason bourne and there's got to be more transparency. >> reporter: nsa supporters want a stronger defense fro
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Aug 9, 2013 5:30pm PDT
announced a series of reforms for the controversial nsa surveillance programs. trying to mitigate the damage done to him politically by nsa leaker edward snowden, the president announced new steps to try to restore public confidence in the controversial nsa surveillance program. the president refused, though, to give any credit today to snowden. >> is your mindset changed about him? is he now more whistle-blower than he is a hacker? is he a patriot? >> no, i don't think mr. snowden was a patriot. as i said in my opening remarks, i called for a thorough review of our surveillance operations before mr. snowden made these leaks. i actually think we would have gotten to the same place. and we would have done so without putting at risk our national security. >> reporter: among the reforms, work with congress to change how the nsa collects massive amounts of phone records, mandate more transparency by the secret court that regularly approves the surveillance. and create a task force of private citizens, including civil libertarians to review the programs. >> all of these steps are designed
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Aug 19, 2013 4:00am PDT
u.s. aid to egypt and, of course, more about the revelation of additional abuses with the nsa. some lawmakers are hoping the president will cut aid down the line. others hoping we can hold off. the president, of course, took a break from his vacation to condemn the violence and canceled a planned joint military exercise but did stop short of suspending any aid. another big topic, that nsa surveillance program, many critical of its legitimacy after an audit showed they broke privacy rules thousands of times per year. we know some hearings on the nsa plan for additional checks and balances expected to be initiated by vermont senator patrick leahy some time later this fall. richard? >> thank you so much. >>> the first settlement is reached in the penn state jerry sandusky child molestation scandal. the school signed an agreement with a 25-year-old suburban philadelphia man known as victim five. the attorneys expect to finalize settlements in 25 of the 31 cases in the coming weeks. penn state authorized some $60 million for the settlements. a jury convicted san dus key last year of 45 c
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Aug 16, 2013 5:00pm PDT
agency. documents leaked by edward snowden and published by the "washington post" claim the nsa has broken privacy rules and overstepped its legal authority thousands of times since 2008. the "washington post" also says an internal audit shows nearly 3,000 incidents in just one year. >> we definitely need more oversight. we need more public reporting. we need more transparency. it's no longer a tenable position for the nsa to say trust us. >> i totally reject those kind of claims. >> the head of the senate judiciary committee patrick leahy says since the nsa is not giving straight answers he'll open a senate hearing after the summer break. >>> now to the latest developments in egypt. it's been a day of rage. dozens of people were killed in confrontations with security forces. and demonstrators gathered by the thousands. the protests came just two days after egypt's military ruler ordered his forces to clear protest camps. at least 638 people were killed and 1,000 more were wounded. nbc's ayman moden reports. >> reporter: for the third straight night the government has imposed a curf
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Aug 21, 2013 4:00am PDT
that. see what happens in the remaining months of the year. >>> does the nsa really know how much of our information has been compromised? >>> and a skin cancer warning for men. >>> and an incredible rescue by a firefighter. all coming up in two minutes. >>> stories making news this morning. more than two months after edward snowden leaked top secret documents to the media, the national security agency still does not know the full extent of what he took. the agency is, quote, overwhelmed by the amount of damage snowden has done. >>> a truck crashing through a guardrail and down a ravine it goes in central michigan. you can see the truck and its trailer launch off the road before disappearing below. the driver is expected to recover from the injuries that he has. >>> a new york taxi jumping the curb and hitting a 23-year-old woman, severing one of her legs below the knee. that happened yesterday. tv's dr. oz happened to be at the scene. he said a good samaritan saved the woman's life with a tourniquet. >> there was a dog leash and a belt, amazingly two mundane things, but they saved h
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Aug 11, 2013 6:00pm PDT
story. >> reporter: the father of edward snowden says the nsa leaker isn't headed back to the united states because he won't get a fair trial. >> as a father i want my son dome home if i believed the justice system that we should be afforded as americans will be applied correctly. >> reporter: until then he said he'll visit his son in russia. snowden's temporary asylum there has chilled russia-u.s. relations and the political fur error here at home shows no signs of cooling off. before leaving for his vacation on martha's vineyard, president obama said he had already been moving the nsa towards more transparentscy and accountability. >> i don't think mr. snowden was a patriot. >> he betrayed his oath of office. a young generation believe he's a jason bourne. >> reporter: nsa wants a stronger defense from the president. >> he failed to explain these programs which saved lives, stopped terrorist plots. >> reporter: washington wants edward snowden brought back home to face justice. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> still to come an unusual ruling. why a judge has ordered tha
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Aug 1, 2013 5:30pm PDT
. >>> walking free, despite warnings from the u.s. not to do it. russia has given a home to nsa leaker eard snowden and the showdown with the u.s. just got worse. >> new parts. the choice millions of us are making to get out of chronic knee pain and get new ones installed. tonight, dr. nancy snyderman on one of the most popular surgeries for americans. some who put it off for far too long. >>> and making history. a woman who has already broken barriers now on the verge of going where no woman has ever gone before. "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening. as it unfolded in court today, in cleveland, ohio, a live television audience was allowed to see a man who has been described as a monster, who for over a decade held young prisoners in his home. and during his long and rambling remarks in court, he said he was sick and he appropriated the language of the addiction treatment culture to paint himself as a victim. as he tried to contend the girls he kept chained up in his home were somehow content. it was tough to watch at times especially when one of his brave victims spoke.
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Aug 16, 2013 5:30pm PDT
that nsa leaker edward snowden provided proof of the nsa's record of breaking privacy rules thousands of times. the agency says these were mistakes, not willful violations of the rules, and the white house tonight says the documents show the nsa is catching and reporting its own mistakes. >>> still ahead on "nbc nightly news," an nbc news exclusive. we return to the mountains of idaho with the riders who gave authorities their big break about the kidnapping of hannah anderson. >>> and later, news of a secret revealed after decades of speculation about what really went on inside area 51. >>> we're back tonight with the first public appearance of hannah anderson since the california teenager was rescued in the mountains of idaho last weekend. and an exclusive first look at where she was found. hannah attended a fund-raiser for her family last night in san diego. friends saying she is grateful for the support. we know that the big break in the case came from a group of horseback riders who came across anderson and her abductor by chance in the wilderness. nbc's kevin tibbles ma
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Aug 21, 2013 5:00pm PDT
pregnancy. >>> the nsa is revealing that information to illustrate how when it is seeking specific materialt data from average civilians can be collected inadvertently. the court has revealed the tactics after the nsa admitted to collecting some 150,000 e-mails with no ties to terrorism. the court ordered the nsa to limit the information it collects and how long that information is kept. >>> a family based risk. >>> in health matters the biggest study of its kind when it comes to autism. >> specifically how it effects families. let's bring in scott budman. this is something a lot of people here in the bay area pay very close attention to. >> you are absolutely right. studies found a rise in cases of autism in centers of technology like the bay area. this shows the likelihood of a sibling of an autistic child also having autism. instructors work with students providing programs with individuals with autism helping the kids and their family. they are also reacting to a recent study from denmark that children who have an older sibling with autism are seven times more likely to be diag
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Aug 4, 2013 4:00pm PDT
month of august. supporters of the nsa suggested the embattled agency is the source of the intelligence. >> the goods news is we have picked up intelligence what we do what nsa does. >> the nsa program is proving its worth yet again. >> reporter: the threat is said to have originated in yemen, where the u.s. embassy now looks more like a fortress. in the face of terror, americans on high alert. though the alerts are focused overseas, washington and new york are stepping up security as a precaution. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> coming up next, a shift in power in iran, could be a big change in the country's nuclear ambitions. >>> bay area gas stations won bragging rights this weekend, a lucky powerball player who bought a tick threat won quite a bit more than that we will show you. >>> and we are watching low clouds spilling back across san francisco, which will bring us some drizzle as we head into tomorrow morning and it could also bring temperatures that are even cooler than the ones we are seeing outside right now. pretty mild this time of year. look at your 7-day forecast
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Aug 11, 2013 8:00am PDT
. surveillance programs and faces tough questions about the nsa leaker. >> i don't think mr. snowden was a patriot. >> the debate over the future of u.s. spying programs. mike mccaul, the head of the house homeland security committee. analysis from ted koppel of nbc news and "the washington post's" barton gellman. then presidential orders. strong words from the commander in chief this week about stamping out sexual assault in the military. the pentagon is preparing new rules, but there is an agreement on how to end the crisis. i go one-on-one with one of the lawmakers pushing for change, missouri senator claire mccaskill. >>> the immigration debate. a critical time for reform as members of congress head back to their districts to prepare for the fall fight. what are the prospects for passage? talk to both sides including the congressmen leading the fight against reform. >>> end of an era. the venerable "the washington post" is sold to amazon's jeff bez bezos. was what does it say about the future of traditional media? inside analyst from "the washington post's" david ignatius and david g
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Aug 21, 2013 6:00pm PDT
about the nsa surveillance programs and your e-mails. >>> right after the break, siblings and the autism study that has the bay area talking. >>> there's a new study about autism that may answer questions or raise concerns. >> especially if you live in the bay area. >> reporter: here's the stat for you. for the country, one in 88 kids is diagnosed as autistic. in some parts of the bay area that number rises to as many as 1 in 55 kids. there may be a way to predict if your next child is diagnosed as autistic. >> the pacific center for education works closely with kids who have autism and helps parents many of whom ask if i have one autistic child is it more likely that i will have enough? the answer may be yes. that doesn't mean it's time to panic. he says it means it may be time to prepare. >> if you can get attention to the child early on with early intervention therapeutic services there is a good chance you can avert a more serious case of autism by helping the development start. >> reporter: he says working early with kids as early as 10 months old can accelerate development a
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Aug 12, 2013 3:00am PDT
surveillance program so many people are talking about, including a change in how the nsa collects phone records, more transparency by the secret foreign intelligence court, that's the fisa court, and the creation of a task force of private citizens. joining me this morning barton gellman of "the washington post" who has been writing extensively about edward snowden and the nsa, special correspondent for nbc news ted koppel, and the chairman of the house homeland security committee, republican congressman mike mccaul. barton gellman, let me start with you. has edward snowden won? has he accomplished what he set out to do, which is not only get a debate going but force change in these programs? >> he has accomplished far more than anyone in his position could have reasonably hoped to have accomplished. he told me his greatest fear was that he would come out and do this and whole story would be -- you know, roiling around for a day and it would be gone. now you have president obama being forced to say that he welcomes the debate, which he welcomes sort of like the ceo who gets an ang
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Aug 5, 2013 4:00am PDT
debate about the nsa's surveillance program which intelligence officials say tipped them off about this latest threat. >> it is scary. al qaeda is on the rise and this part of the world and the nsa program is proving it's worth yet again. >> you have to be very careful about how much you represent that any particular program has contributed to our security. >> reporter: kristen welker, nbc news, washington. >>> embattled yankees slugger alex rodriguez may be banned from baseball on the very day he returns to the majors. at my noon, the mlb is expected to ban a-rod through the 2014 season for his alleged connections to a florida clinic that administered performance-enhancing drugs. despite that, manager joe girardi confirmed a-rod will play his first game tonight. jay gray is live outside the yankees stadium in the bronx. what's the sequence of events we might expect to see today? >> reporter: good morning. outside yankee stadium. relatively quiet as major league baseball gets ready to break its silence. here's the front page of "the post." just go it says. fans ban a-rod, just acce
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Aug 4, 2013 4:30pm PDT
about the nsa's surveillance program, which intelligence officials say tipped them off about this latest threat. >> it is scary. al qaeda is on the rise in this part of the world, and the nsa program has proven its worth yet again. >> you have to be very careful about how much you represent that any particular program has contributed to our security. >> reporter: and tonight nbc is reporting that officials in pakistan has tightened security in islamabad due to a potential terror threat interethere, but s hour there's no link between the two. >> the embassy in cairo is among those affected by this order. tonight our chief foreign correspondent richard engel has more on precautions there and insight into are where this threat is coming from. >> reporter: good evening, lester. these are the side streets around the u.s. embassy here in downtown cairo. the embassy today is closed like so many embassies and consulates in the region, and as you can see the embassy tonight is right behind this very big, very imposing concrete barricade. this wall went up about a year ago after a group of demonst
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Aug 1, 2013 5:00pm PDT
. snowden who admits leaking details about nsa programs is wanted in the united states to face espionage charges. no word on where he is tonight. his attorney says his location will be kept secret for security reasons. the temporary asylum can be extended indefinitely. >>> perfect controversy. sales of "rolling stone's" magazine with the alleged boston bomber doubled over last year. the magazine featuring dzhokhar tsarnaev was boy cocotted by stores, but the magazine has doubled its sales from a year previous. the boston bomber killed two people on the initial day and another officer later. more than 260 were also injured, including a 12-year-old boy. >>> the clock stuck 12:01 this morning and gay marriage became legal in two more states, minnesota and rhode island. they're the 12th and 13th u.s. states to recognize same-sex marriages. in minnesota, you see it here, couples began exchanging vows at midnight with the mayor of minneapolis officiating. the national gay rights group freedom to marry estimates that about 30% of the u.s. population now lives in places where gay marri
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Aug 16, 2013 5:00am PDT
. >>> 5:14. earlier this week the president proposed new oversight for the nsa's domestic surveillance program. scott mcgrew, there are claims this morning the nsa didn't follow the rules already in place. >> good morning. they didn't follow the old rules, laura, much less the old rules. an audit the nsa did on itself says the people watching and documenting american phone calls broke privacy rules thousands of times a year, sometimes by overstepping their bounds. in some cases it was by mistake. in one case the nsa intercepted a large number of calls made in washington, d.c., area code 202. it meant to intercept calls made in egypt, country code 20. dianne feinstein has some oversight over that, on the senate intelligence committee. she said this morning she was not aware of the audit. silicon valley is growing increasingly concerned about the nsa. some companies are given secret court orders called national security letters. 40 companies sent the letter to the white house asking for more transparency. >> what's challenging about the current policy of law enforcement online is that yo
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Aug 2, 2013 5:00pm PDT
has come from an intercept with the nsa or a spy, analysts say it stood out. >> to close multiple embassies shows the severity of the threat. >> reporter: and the alert is a kind of warning to the terrorists. >> that we are watching and aware, that those who may be talking about doing something harmful are aware that the u.s. is -- knowing what it is they're talking about. >> reporter: ten months after bengahzi, a warning that u.s. diplomats might again be targeted. and that ordinary travelers might be in more danger. the state department says the di danger might not diminish after sunday. that some of those embassies closed that day amay stay close. i'm steve handlesman, nbc bay area news. >> thank you. >>> another step forward for the gay community. the united states will start treating visa applications of gay and lesbian spouses the same way it does as heterosexual. secretary of statement john kerry made the announcement today. essentially getting a visa for homosexual spouses will become easier. the move comes after the obama administration asked u.s. agencies to review polic
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Aug 18, 2013 9:00am PDT
. so nsa, start your tivos when "press here" continues. >>> welcome back to "press here." the first rule of national security letters is, you can't talk about national security letters, if you received one. my next guest, matthew prince, talking about them now, before he and his company cloud fair are contacted by the national security agency, or the fbi, or any other organization. cloud flare knows a lot about what's going on on the internet. now, in the process, the company touches a staggering amount of data. matthew prince has become the booming voice of reason in the debate over domestic spying. thank you for being with us this morning. >> thank you for having me. >> you, along with 40 other tech companies, sent a letter to the obama administration asking for greater transparency. it wasn't the declaration of independence, but it was a strongly worded letter that said, we, the undersigned, believe the following. so using the declaration of independence analogy, why did you sign your name on the bottom? >> the challenge that technology companies has is that we are all in the tru
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Aug 4, 2013 11:00pm PDT
americans traveling abroad to remain alert in the month of august. supporters of the nsa suggest that the agency is the source of the intelligence. >> the good news is that we picked up intelligence. that's what nsa does. >> the nsa program is proving its worth again. >> reporter: the threat is said to have originated in yemen where the u.s. embassy now looks like a fortress. in the face of terror, americans on high alert. bryan mooar. >>> the san jose police department deployed a gang suppression unit tonight for the first time. it's part of the effort to reduce the number of violent crime and increase police presence in san jose. the gang suppression unit will be deployed seven days a week. the plan will be evaluated at the end of the summer to see if the program is working and whether it should continue. >>> we have an update to a story involving santa clara county's ambulance company. it plans to file for chapter 11 bankruptcy as a move to cut debt and expenses in half while continuing to operate as normal. it is a national company that provides private ambulance services to 700 c
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Aug 16, 2013 6:00am PDT
hard to believe. >> it does, doesn't it? this is according to nsa's own audits published by "the washington post." the nsa under pressure to set up new rules to make sure your privacy is protected. the audit shows the agency violated old privacy rules thousands of times each year. in some cases intentionally. in some cases by mistake. in the case of confusing egypt with washington, apparently programmers meant to intercept phone calls made in country code 20, that's egypt. but told computers 202. that's the area code for washington, d.c. the audit says a large number of phone calls were intercepted from washington, d.c., though the nsa does not define what a large number is. >>> apple wants to clear up confusion between counterfeit chargers and real chargers. it's offering a deal starting today. bring in your after market or third party or counterfeit charger, whatever you want to call them, to an apple store. they'll exchange it for a real apple charger for ten bucks. this comes after at least wurn death due to a shock from a knock-off charger. >>> if you're driving your tesla p
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Aug 12, 2013 2:00am PDT
. president obama orders changes to u.s. surveillance programs and faces tough questions about the nsa leaker. >> i don't think mr. snowden was a patriot. >> the debate over the future of u.s. spying programs. mike mccaul, the head of the house homeland security committee. analysis from ted koppel of nbc news and "the washington post's" barton gellman. then presidential orders. strong words from the commander in chief this week about stamping out sexual assault in the military. the pentagon is preparing new rules, but there is an agreement on how to end the crisis. i go one-on-one with one of the lawmakers pushing for change, missouri senator claire mccaskill. >>> the immigration debate. a critical time for reform as members of congress head back to their districts to prepare for the fall fight. what are the prospects for passage? talk to both sides including the congressmen leading the fight against reform. >>> end of an era. the venerable "the washington post" is sold to amazon's jeff bez bezos. was what does it say about the future of traditional media? inside analyst from "the washington
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Aug 12, 2013 6:00am PDT
the fallout over the nsa leaker edward snowden. the criticism president obama is facing this morning. >>> major flooding in colorado. what happened in the same area last year that's making this year so much worse. >>> a live look at the opening bell out of new york city. who is that? that's yankee's first baseman mark texeira. why? we're not sure why. we know the yankees had a big ninth inning victory bottom of the ninth to beat detroit. texeira out there doing the dinging. that's strong, nice work. we hope the markets will be winning this monday, august 12. this is "today in the bay." >>> it is 6:3. good morning. thanks for joining us. i'm jon kelley. >> i'm laura garcia-cannon. just into our newsroom this morning, a major earthquake has rattled the coast of peru. 6.2 magnitude quake hit just before 2:00 a.m. our time about 60 miles off the coast of paita on the northern end of the country. we're waiting for reports of damage this morning and we'll bring them to you. >>> president obama out on vacation the week, but back in washington facing new criticism over his proposals for incr
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Aug 26, 2013 6:00pm PDT
international diplomats, why the u.n. may take action after this new nsa leak. >>> the flames continue. the smoke is spreading, and bay area water is in jeopardy. this is one of the biggest fires in california history. the rim fire is destroying an area harmer than san jose and so combined. jodi hernandez joins us now. and this is far from over. what's the plan going into tonight now? >> reporter: well, they've got a lot of folks out here working on the fire line, as you mentioned. the destruction is really overwhelming. thousands and thousands of acres of wild land are now charred and blackened, as you can see. now among the losses, a popular camp run by the city of berkley. but tonight, firefighters point out that they have been aeb to save thousands of homes. and things seem to be moving in the right direction tonight. in fact, i am told that today was a relatively good day. as the sun came up against the smoke-filled sky, firefighters from across the state geared up for another tough day on the fire line. >> our number one thing out there is firefighter safety, okay, and the safety of t
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Aug 8, 2013 4:30am PDT
controversy is surfacing over the nsa surveillance programs. intelligence officials say they've gathered copies oefrks ma and text communications. they skn for any information about foreigners under surveillance even if the communications are not directly addressed to the person. government officials say such eavesdropping is legal as long as the target is a non-citizen abroad. the privacy advocates say the government should require a warrant to go through a person's e-mail. >>> a new report out claims climate change is now taking a serious toll on california. the environmental protection agency giving examples in the sierras showing forests are moving to higher elevations and glaciers are shrinking. also spring run off is declining. scientists say they hope this new report will spur state and local governments to plan ahead and adapt to a much warmer future. >>> it is 4:51. an all-star for the giants has some harsh words for his teammates. we'll talk about that coming up. >> that and more. we'll update you on how the boys from belmont redwood shores is doing. go, guys. >>> we're keeping
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Aug 5, 2013 11:00am PDT
to the nsa show al qaeda militants have been discussing what a senior um u.s. official described as a single significant event or a series of simultaneous attacks most likely in the middle east. no specific threat to the united states but officials couldn't rule one out either. president obama gathered his national security team. congressional leaders given classified briefings. >> there ease been an awful lot of chatter out there. chatter means conversation among terrorists about the planning that's going on. very reminiscent of what we saw pre-9/11. >> reporter: senior intilly against officials say it starts in yemen. the same group that put an underwear bomb on a flight to detroit and mailed one in a printer to chicago. they're seeking revenge after its deputy commander was killed last month in a drone strike. >> reporter: al qaeda militants have been experimenting with surgically planting a bomb inside an attacker's body. >>> thanks, rich. >>> that threat has police in san francisco also reacting going into heightened alert mode this morning. the department releasing a statement
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Aug 9, 2013 4:30am PDT
, russia granting an asylum to nsa leaker edward snowden. that meeting coming two days after president obama canceled a summit with russian president vladimir putin scheduled next month. >>> major news for a lot of people closer to home. president obama expected to sign a brand new bill aimed at brynning down interest rates on federal student loans. it was painful for a lot of people. congress was able to finally hash out an agreement to bring the rates back down, at least that will be happening for now. the rates would be tied to financial markets, meaning they will most likely rise at least a little bit in the future. >>> 4:45. get ready for round two. apple and samsung return to court today as they continue their patent battle. bertha coombs is live at cnbc world headquarters with details on that and the rest of your news before the bell. good morning, bertha. >> good morning, marla. it seems like a never-ending battle. the international trade commission is expected to rule on whether samsung infringed on apple patents. that could lead to the ban of the sale of some samsun
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Aug 10, 2013 5:00pm PDT
afternoon, everybody, please have a seat. >> he's trying to calm the controversy over nsa surveillance. he's still battling members of congress over obama care. >> the one unifying principle in the republican party at the moment is making sure that 30 million people don't have health care. >> reporter: in martha's vineyard, president obama looking for a break from the heat. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> more guns are off bay area streets tonight thanks to a gun buyback program in oakland today. the organization youth uprising partnered with the oakland police department and an anonymous donor to host the event. residents were able to turn in guns with no questions asked. they received $200 cash for an assault weapon. they say while the gun buyback program will stop the violence, it can help. >> it seems good we're getting guns off the streets. we know every gun out there is a potential threat. >> the group said they plan another gurn buyback program by the end of the year. >>> a man was giving a girl a horse drawn carriage ride around noon today when the horse got
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Aug 30, 2013 4:30am PDT
of a reality. >>> the director of national intelligence will release reports about the nsa surveillance activity, releasing the total number of court approvals granted for a range of surveillance requests, including national security letters. the agency's first transparency report is expected to be released late this fall. >> microsoft trying to expand into its reach into social media. the software giant talking about a big purchase. jackie deangelis live at cnbc world headquarters. >> good morning. the futures are higher this morning. this is after we saw stocks rising for a second day on thursday as investors were reacting to data that showed that the u.s. economy grew 2.5% this spring. that was more an economists previously thought. however, still we saw the markets pair their gains by the close as we near the end of the month. this is when traders do their traditional window dressing. that's when they shift winners and losers in their portfolios. meantime oil prices easing after the british parliament rejected military action in syria. that leaves a situation where the
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Aug 7, 2013 5:30pm PDT
been building between the countries for months. it was russia's refusal to extradite nsa leaker edward snowden even after persistent appeals including a personal phone call from president obama to putin that was the last straw. the president showed frustration last night on "the tonight show". >> there have been times when they slip back into cold war thinking and a cold war mentality. what i consistently say to them and what i say to president putin is that's the past. >> reporter: mr. obama will still attend the g-20 economic summit taking place in st. petersburg, russia. he's snubbing putin in moscow. >> the relationship with russia doesn't have to get worse. it has to get better. we may be at a low point now. but i think it's time that we find ways to make it better. >> reporter: to say the two have no personal chemistry is an understatement. from the first time they met outside moscow after mr. obama took office to their june meeting in northern ireland when putin awkwardly rebuffed the president's attempt to lighten the mood. >> the president wants to relax me with his sta
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Aug 10, 2013 5:00am PDT
reform the nsa program that collects telephone data mandating more transparency by the court. creating a team of private citizens including activists to review the program. chuck todd asked president obama if snowden is a leaker or a patriot. here is what he had to say. take a listen. >> i don't think he was a patriot. as i said in my opening remarks, i called for a thorough review of our surveillance operations before mr. snowden made the leaks. >> reporter: now president obama also, for the first time, addressed his decision not to meet with russia's president, vladimir putin on the sidelines of the g-20 summit. a number of factors went into that decision, including edward snowden. he down played tension between him and his russian counter parts. >> i know the press likes to focus on body language. he's got that slouch, looking like the bored kid in the back of the classroom, but the truth is when we are in conversations together, oftentimes it's very productive. >> reporter: now, reaction to the president's new transparency measures came in swiftly before he finished speak
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Aug 7, 2013 11:00am PDT
the nsa and just revealed the dea does spying? perhaps yes, perhaps no. >>> technology news, facebook says it is changing the way ba(ñ updates are presented to you in the timeline, very straightforward how one thing's picked over another. advertisers really want to know how this works. facebook says it's going to start explaining the process better. what we do know this morning that people or things that you like will be seen more often if you click like and if you look through a friend's photo album, that friend's update's going to show up more often. facebook says the average facebooker has 190 friends who make 1500 updates total a day. a lot of good content that you're not seeing. by the way, that's seven updates per person, in case, guys, you were trying to do the math. >> i was trying to do the math. glad. all right. didn't happen. a hundred friends? i have like four. >> ñ1089. you ha you have more than that. meteorologist christina loren, what is going on? >> heard from lawrence's microphone out there on the water, america's cup, winds playing more a factor today. vi
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Aug 7, 2013 5:00am PDT
din way, indeed some in congress call it spying. what the nsa, it was revealed the dea is doing, spying when they make a document of who you called. i think you can make the argument, if i go over to your desk and look at your call log on your cell phone and write that down, i don't know what you call it, but spying is probably a pretty good word. >> snooping, at this point matter of semantics. >> hr will get involved one way or another. >> president obama, serious, a somber tone, taking serious issues with all going on in the world, made sense. >>> christina loren is back. we're at middle of the week. >> that weekend can't get here soon enough for me. weather is going to be nice all the way throughout this upcoming within. 5:17. thanks for waking up with us each and every weekday especially mondays and wednesdays. those can typically be the most difficult to wake up especially at this hour. 5:17. hey, want to give yourself extra time in places in the north bay, especially sonoma county. north most sonoma county along 101, keep in that mind. throughout the day comfortable condit
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Aug 19, 2013 6:00am PDT
nsa leaker story was held under britain's anti-terrorism laws. ♪ turn around ♪ every now and then i get a little bit hungry ♪ ♪ and there's nothing good for me around ♪ ♪ turn around ♪ every now and then i get a little bit tired ♪ ♪ of craving something that i can't have ♪ ♪ turn around barbara ♪ i finally found the right snack ♪ ♪ ♪ i finally found the right snack ♪ 90-calorie fiber one lemon bar. >>> happening right now, resort towns in idaho on alert this morning as a massive wildfire continues creeping closer. authorities there told people in ketchum to be ready. some 2400 homes have been evacuated. >>> a live look at the command center where fire crews are gathering this morning. right now fire officials say they're very optimistic about getting that fire under control as it's been raging out there. that fire has scorched nearly 160 square miles since it started almost two weeks ago. authorities say the flames are now finally starting to slow down advancing just 12 square miles since yesterday. >>> here is a look at some of the day's other top storie
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Aug 2, 2013 6:00pm PDT
have come in the past. whether the new alarm came from an intercept from nsa or a spy, analysts say it stood out. >> to close multiple embassies reflects the severity of the threat. >> reporter: and the alert is a warning to the terrorists. >> that we are watching them. that we are aware that those who may be talking about doing something harmful are aware that the u.s. is knowing what it is they're talking about. >> reporter: ten months after benghazi, a warning that u.s. diplomats might again be targeted and that ordinary travelers might be in danger. >>> another step forward for the gay community. the united states will immediately start treating visa applications of gay and lesbian spouses the same as it does for heterosexual spouses. john kerry made the statement after he arrived in london. getting a visa for homosexual spouses will be much easier. it comes after the obama administration asked them to review the policies. >>> becoming conscious of your clothing. we show you how a local non-profit is bringing awareness to a serious issue. >>> and does climate change impact crime? w
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Aug 30, 2013 5:00am PDT
of national intelligence will soon begin releasing annual reports about the nsa's surveillance activity. the report will disclose the total number of court approvals granted for a range of surveillance request, including national security letters. the agency's first transparency report is expected to be released late this fall. >>> fema is launching a new campaign this labor day weekend to try to get families ready for mrnl. the agency is going after a weak spot just to get you to listen. >> i'll pack the dead batteries. >> i'll only put what i don't need into a duffle bag. >> perfect. that's totally unhelpful. >> the new campaign mocking a family ill prepared for an emergency. fema's tim manning says it's because parents may not listen to fema, but they will listen to their kids getting the kids to listen to parents is a whole other story. 5:43 right now. labor day monday and there are a number of things to do, celebrating the end of summer this weekend. >> what you can do is the king's mountain art fair in sky lane boulevard in woodside celebrating the 50th anniversary this w
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Aug 26, 2013 7:00am PDT
german magazine, the nsa secretly monitored the u.n.'s new york headquaters by haanizations video conferencing system. nbc's chief white house correspondent, chuck todd, is in wash with those details. >> good morning, tamron, that's right. edward snowden strikes again in documents leaked as you just noted. here's what we learned. the nsa was able to tap into a united nations video conferencing system. they were able to spy on the european unions delegation both to the united nations and other places and according to these documents, the nsa has a special collection unit. while that is about spying on and using some 80 u.s. embough seas and consulates as hubs to spy on various u.s. allies. now the timing of these leaks couldn't be more precarious for the united states. first of all in germany they're in an election year. so this is turning into a sticky election year situation for merkel and her relationship with president obama. but now he is in the middle of getting western allies in europe to side with him to do something with syria so the timing of this couldn't be worse for th
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Jul 31, 2013 11:00pm PDT
government program with his help. the guardian says because of this program the nsa has access to everything you've done on the internet. the nsa says it's the widest sweeping region for gathering intelligence on the internet. it has led to the capture of hundreds of terrorists. the director of the nsa was the keynote speaker at a hacker convention in las vegas. during his comments he was heckled. >> why should we believe you're not lying to us now? >> i haven't lied to congress. >> he said the nsa surveillance programs are crucial and they are only used to track down terrorists, not spy on americans. >>> a bill to cut the costs of student loan fors >>> a bill to cut the costs of student loan for for millions i headed to the president's desk. the bill links the interest rates to the financial markets. right now most students are paying an interest rate of 7% on their loans. if signed into law, the bill will drop the current rates to about 3.8%. however rates could increase if the economy improves, but are capped at 8.25%. >>> president obama's health care overhaul has turned into a big win f
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Aug 19, 2013 3:00am PDT
and the nsa, whether it's our policing tactics, how far is too far in the name of public safety. what changes the focus of this debate? what wins this debate to your side of the argument, do you think? >> we've got to go back to the founding principles of this country. when our founders were courageous enough to say we deserve to be both free and safe. and those who would give up freedom in the name of safety don't deserve either. and that's why it's so important that trayvon's family has stood up, that's why it's so important that so many will be standing up at the march in washington next saturday. that's why it's critical that we all come together and realize at the end daytime, this is not about race. this is about freedom. this is about people in this country being able to walk out the door and not fear the cops when they're not doing anything wrong. >> benjamin crump has an article about the effect of trayvon martin, an op ed piece in the "washington post" today. benjamin crump, thank you very much. sybrina fulton, we really appreciate your time this morning. and ben jealo
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Aug 5, 2013 3:00am PDT
committee, your colleague, senator leahy, who said wait a minute, i know the nsa tells us 54 plots in one way or another have been this wartded because of the program senator chambliss is referring to, he says that's a bit of an joef statement, and he said it in open testimony this week. listen. >> open testimony is section 215 to thwart or prevent 54 terrorist plots. not by any stretch can you get 54 terrorist plots. this program is not effective. it has to end. so far i'm not convinced by what i've seen. >> do you agree with that? >> we had a meeting in the white house, saxby and i attended it with the president. there were about ten of us, democrats and republicans, from the house and the senate, and we spent an hour and a half in the president in the oval office, an hour and a half going over this nsa, debating it back and forth. the nsa 215 program that we're talking about here is a program on domestic surveillance. in other words, do we need to collect all of the phone records of all of the people living in america for five years so that if we're going to target one particular perso
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Aug 22, 2013 7:00am PDT
releasing acknowledging that the nsa was ordered by a federal judge in 2011 to stop scooping up thousands of communication from americans with no connection to terrorism. the court ruled the nsa's actions were unconstitutional and ordered the agency to fix the problem. >>> embattled san diego mayor bob filner has reached a tentative deal involving a sexual harassment lawsuit. the 70-year-old mayor is facing allegations from at least 17 women. this is amateur video of filner leaving city hall on wednesday night. san diego city attorney says a proposed resolution has been reached, and will be presented to city council on friday. >>> fire fighting resources are being stretched to the limits, as crews continue to battle 50 fires, and out-of-control fire is threatening about 2500 structures near yosemite in california. and in idaho, the beaver creek has now burned more than 100,000 acres. nbc's miguel almaguer was given rare access, with the bird's-eye view with a veteran helicopter. >> reporter: this is just so critical. what makes it blaze so concerning after burning for two weeks is how muc
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Aug 7, 2013 7:00am PDT
-one with vladimir putin, and the new tensions exist over nsa leaker, edward snowden, and the white house now saying the president will instead travel to sweden, and last night president obama said terrorists depend on us being terrorized, but we are going to live our lives. president obama made his first comments about the threat. >> it's significant enough that we are taking every precaution, and it's a reminder, that in all the significant steps we have made that this radical violent extremism is still out there, and we have to stay on top of it. >> we would not say whether the nsa surveillance programs tipped the u.s. off on it. >> i think the general rule is to snow common sense and use caution. >> what i say to them and what i say to president putin, is that's the past, you know, and we have got to think about the future. >> the president insisted he will attend the g-20 summit next month. >> if russia wants to uphold the olympic spirit, then every judgment should be made on the track or in the swimming pool or on the balance beam, and people's sexual orientation should have n
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